A two-year-olds plea

Bible Reading: Mark 9:35-37
Author: Miles Q. Turner (Illinois, US)
Friday 20 April 2018 © The Upper Room.
I enjoy babysitting my granddaughter, Molly. But recently she had a high temperature and didn’t feel well. An unhappy, poorly two-year- old can be a challenge! Yet Molly has taught me a lesson about God’s love.
When Molly feels sad or stressed and needs comforting, she doesn’t cry or demand to be held. She looks up at me and says, ‘I need to hold you’, as if I were the one who needed comforting! How could anyone resist a plea like that?
Our relationship with Jesus can be the same. Too often the only time we ask for Jesus’ comforting arms is when we are in trouble. What we don’t realise is that, like Molly, he is always saying to us, ‘I need to hold you.’ Jesus wants to hold us even when we don’t realise it or think that we need him to. He wants to be our refuge and strength – and not just in times of trouble. How can we resist a plea like that?
We are all God’s children. And, like Molly, we need to say to our heavenly Father, ‘I need to hold you.’ In Mark 10:16 we are assured of God’s response: ‘[Jesus] took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them’  (NIV).

Prayer: Dear Jesus, we want to feel the safety of your embrace. We need your loving arms around us today and every day. Amen
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